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Health care directives can guide family in making decisions

Advances in medical care have added years to the life of the average California resident. Illnesses that would once result in almost certain death can now be treated, and the individual can continue on with a normal life. As a loved one ages, many times, it is up to family members to decide what that individual wants and how to medically best take care of him or her. These decisions can be stressful for the family and often cause dissension. In order to avoid all this, one can establish advanced health care directives indicating the type and extent of medical care desired.

Durable power of attorney essential in planning for the future

Unfortunately, planning for the future involves planning for both the best and worst case scenarios. Under the best of circumstances, the individual will live a long, full life and be able to enjoy California retirement. On the other hand, this is not guaranteed, and the individual may suffer a condition in which he or she is unable to make their own personal decisions. In both instances, a durable power of attorney will be a beneficial document.

A wrinkle in estate planning that yields some concern

Perhaps your rapidly aging mom or dad finally got on board regarding the sensible proposal that important aspects of estate planning be candidly addressed and purposefully dealt with. Indeed, your parent might have been hinting at a desire to closely focus on administration matters for some time before finally acting to move forward and foster some peace and certainty regarding those matters.

Are all powers of attorney the same?

An attorney who has prepared an estate plan may have recommended provisions that prepare for the possibility of incapacity due to a serious medical condition or accident. For example, a living will can address whether an individual would prefer to decline certain life-sustaining measures. A health power of attorney can also appoint someone as an individual’s health advocate to make decisions not specifically addressed by the living will.

Can't decide between estate planning options? Select several!

Having trouble choosing between a will and a trust? Worry no longer. The choice is really a false proposition, as a comprehensive estate plan is multi-faceted. In addition to a will, an individual should also consider including documents such as a living will, a medical and financial power of attorney, and various types of trusts. Our firm focuses on estate planning and can walk you through a wealth inventory and assessment in order to better explore each of these legal options.